Page Count: 200
Category: Literature & Fiction, Gothic
Publisher: YouCaxton Publications (October 27, 2015)
Blurb: Melville wakes with a pounding headache – there had been too many hangovers recently, but this one felt different. What had he been drinking last night? Then he remembered – it was blood.
Enter the bizarre world of Scouse Gothic where a reluctant vampire mourns a lost love and his past lives, where a retired ‘hit man’ plans one more killing and dreams of food, and a mother sets out to avenge her son’s murder, and, meanwhile, a grieving husband is visited by an angry angel.
Set in present day Liverpool, vampires and mortals co-exist, unaware of each others’ secrets and that their past and present are inextricably linked.
But as their lives converge, who will be expected to atone for past sins?
Shadow Stalker: Nightblades
*** I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. ***
I couldn’t wait to read this book when I found out about it because I thought the blurb was fascinating and I knew I was in for a treat. Boy, was I! This book became so much more than I ever thought it could be. It is a completely different spin on a vampire novel and I absolutely loved it. Melville is so interesting and he doesn’t even know it.
I feel like this is such a classic. I know I can read this when I am old and grey and I would love it just as much, if not more. Scouse Gothic is for all ages really, I believe all can connect to the story on some level. That’s priceless.
This book is something to be appreciated because of the history he gives the characters. Also how the author ties in actual places from Liverpool. Adding the map in the beginning of the book was awesome too! I kept going back to it. I don’t know if anyone else does that or not… but I do, so thanks Ian McKinney!!!!! You’re the best.
I really enjoyed the background of Melville the most throughout the book. I feel like everything was well thought and planned for the book and it shows. It was thoroughly executed. I am just surprised about the ending though! Also a little traumatized, I do have to say because I wasn’t expecting the one part to happen so abruptly. I NEED to know what happens next though!!
Can’t just leave me hanging like that! I want answers Ian! Like what happened to Melville after all that? Where was he? Where did Jean go? What happened to Kelly? Michelle? Oh and the hitman? I really need to get the next book to find these things out because I have other questions burning inside me that could keep us here all day.
I think I was also surprised by the humor that was in the book too. It was added here and there and gave the book some extra flare. The angry angel was pretty funny. I could just picture the scenes happening in my head and it was so comical. I do hope that after this series Ian continues to write because he has a knack for it.
Thank you my little Padawans for reading my review and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Much Love To You All < 3